Autobiography of miriam defensor santiago
Inventing Myself: An Autobiography by Miriam Defensor SantiagoOne of the realizations that Miriam Defensor Santiago (1945-2016) had that resonated with me in this book is this: We are not in control of our destiny. The first time I heard her say this when his son shot himself because of failures in academics. The second time was in her interview with Winnie Monsod when she was already sick with cancer and was rumored to be in the running for the presidency. The last time was reading this book in the part when she was having a hard time with her schedules in college.
I would like to believe that for most of her life, as detailed in this book, it was God who she thought to be in control of her life. She, being a Marian devotee at some point in ther life. However, in her interview while grieving for her Sons life, she said I dont see Gods handiwork in my life. Everything I got, I got by hardwork and by praying to God. Maybe the prayers did not change the mind of God, but my mind. But then, it was said while she was in pain and over the national television. We all know that Mrs. Santiago always seized her time when viewed by many people.
Being an autobiography, the book details her first 35 years on earth. She wrote in the last paragraph of the book:
I have spent thirty-five years on this globe. Much of my adult life has been spent studying and working in foreign countries. It has been an existence that is not particularly eventful, but it has been reasonably filled with love, and sometimes with laughter. I know that God is good, and under this premise I will just have to keep inventing myself for the next thirty-five years.She died at the age of 71 and it was just like she predicted that her existence would you be doubled of her age when she wrote these sentences. Not only because of the age but she, indeed, invented herself from the time she was appointed by former President Corazon Aquino as Agriculture Secretary when she really into the national limelight, through her many attempts for presidency, her long stints in the senate and her last candidacy.
A very good book to know more about the Iron Lady of the Philippines from her own words. Its well-written with almost no typographical errors (thats nice for locally published books here in the Philippines). The language is colorful (as colorful as her life!) and the telling is straightforward. If you admire her when she was alive (I did!) you will like her even more as you read her stories of childhood in the Visayas.
Goodbye, Mrs. Santiago. God speed!
Miriam Defensor Santiago
By The Manila Times. The Quezon Service Cross, the highest recognition that the government can give to Filipino citizens, is the most fitting tribute to the late former Sen. Grace Poe said on Monday. Santiago brought victory to the Philippines in when she became the first Filipino and first Asian from a developing country to be elected as judge of The Hague-based International Criminal Court, an independent body that prosecutes individuals for the most serious crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Tuesday, September 24,
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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago excels wherever she goes and leaves a legacy that will endure for years to come. Let's remember Santiago's life and career through these photos. Obituary — Miriam Defensor Santiago: 'God is not out there but in you'. Photo from MDS Facebook. UP LAW. Senator Miriam Santiago dances with a classmate.
Miriam Palma Defensor Santiago QSC 15 June — 29 September was a Filipino academic, lawyer, judge, author, and statesman, who served in all three branches of the Philippine government: judicial, executive, and legislative. She also worked at the United Nations while studying abroad. In , Defensor Santiago was named laureate of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service, with a citation for bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a graft-ridden government agency. In , Defensor Santiago became the first Filipina and the first Asian from a developing country to be elected a judge of the International Criminal Court. Defensor Santiago served three terms in the Philippine Senate. On 13 October , Defensor Santiago declared her candidacy for President of the Philippines in the election after her doctors from the United States declared her cancer 'stable' and 'receded', but lost in the election. In December , the prestigious Quezon Service Cross was posthumously conferred upon Santiago, making her the first and only woman and the sixth person since to be enthroned in the country's highest roster.
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